In the past few days, we have seen a number of stories come out where the LIES are just so blatant. It seems as if the lack of law obeyance runs rampant through ALL agencies in the Obama Regime.
Yesterday, we read about NOAA tampering with temperature data AGAIN, and today there is chicanery at the top. This bunch IS disgusting. Story from Josh Fatzick at The Daily Caller.com
NOAA Official Creates New Job, Hires Himself For $40,000 Raise
An inspector general report released Wednesday brought to light some pretty shady dealings at the National Weather Service, an agency within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
According to the report, just before retiring as the NWS deputy chief financial officer, P. Donald Jiron created an unfilled consulting position, then returned to work the very next day in the newly created job. Not only did he snag a $43,200 raise from his previous position, he also started collecting his government pension.
Jiron’s machinations took place in May 2010, The Washington Post reports.
The inspector general said Jiron pressured and bribed other NWS officials to hire one of his immediate family members as a contractor.
“We conclude that senior official’s actions in attempting to influence the NWS staff were improper, and some of those actions may have implicated 18 U.S.C. § 201, the criminal statute prohibiting bribery of public officials,” the IG said.
But even though Jiron’s actions may have violated federal laws, investigators said other NWS officials were equally to blame for his misdeeds because his supervisors approved his actions. The newly created consulting position was also approved by NOAA officials.
“Because of our conclusion that certain of senior official’s actions may have violated federal criminal law, the OIG referred this matter for prosecution, but the relevant prosecutors declined to pursue charges,” the report read. Criminal referrals by IGs go the Department of Justice, which then decides whether to file charges.
Jiron was immediately fired when leaders at NOAA reviewed the IG’s evidence,nearly two years after he assumed the consulting position. Jiron’s consulting work cost taxpayers $471,875, the IG said.
He also took advantage of a government contract that is intended to accommodate senior executives on temporary assignments to NOAA headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland. He took nearly $50,000 to pay for his post-retirement housing expenses, even though he was not eligible for housing under the contract since he had retired and become a consultant.
Jiron’s actions may have been illegal but the IG said they aren’t uncommon at NOAA.
“This contract may be indicative of a routine and troubling practice at NOAA of hiring former employees as contractors for purposes of carrying out similar duties to those they performed prior to leaving federal service,” the report read.
The IG report may not be the last word on Jiron’s conduct. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Tx., chairs the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, which has oversight authority for NWS, has taken an interest in it.
“If the allegations prove true, Mr. Jiron’s actions are troubling and raise questions about whether this kind of behavior still occurs at NWS,” Smith said.
“Most troubling is the fact that all of Mr. Jiron’s wrongdoing was conducted with the approval of his supervisor,” he said.
I would like to say this is an isolated incident, but reading Rep. Smith’s quote, I have a hunch this shit is RAMPANT. The I.G.’s words are troubling. “This contract may be indicative of a routine and troubling practice at NOAA of hiring former employees as contractors for purposes of carrying out similar duties to those they performed prior to leaving federal service,” . OK, Mr. I.G, WHY did YOU not come out and say “this illegality MUST be stopped, and those found to be engaging in it WILL be prosecuted” ?
My guess as to why THAT wasn’t suggested is more than likely the I.G. is looking for his OWN way to scam the taxpayers. I think it MAY be time for ALL taxpayers to say SCREW the IRS, until these rogue agencies get under control. And we KNOW that isn’t going to happen UNTIL the BECS is long gone.
Then, it will take at LEAST two generations to fix the mess. IF it can be fixed, that is.
CLYDE. Is there ANY trustworthy agency left in D.C. ? I doubt it.